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Love, Marriage, and Social Change: Letters to the Advice Column of a West African Newspaper

  • Gustav Jahoda

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The effects of major changes in the social system on the mental state of individuals have been the subject of a recent controversy. Miss Ward (1956), in a paper discussing the significance of an alleged increase in the number of witch-finding cults in Ashanti, argued that this can be taken as evidence of a widespread rise in the general level of anxiety resulting from rapid structural changes. In a subsequent rejoinder Goody (1957) challenged not only the view that such cults have in fact become more numerous, but also the underlying assumption, shared by many social scientists, that rapid social change produces an emotional malaise in the people caught up in it.

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Busia, K. A. 1950. Report on a Social Survey of Sekondi-Takoradi. London: Crown Agents.
Goody, J. 1957. ‘Anomie in Ashanti?Africa, xxvii. 356–63.
Greenland, C. 1957. ‘A study of the correspondence addressed to an “Advice Column” in 1953’. Case Conference, iii. 255–62.
Jahoda, G. 1958. ‘Boys' images of marriage partners and girls' self-images in Ghana.’ Sociologus, viii. 155–69.
Kimble, H. 1956. ‘A reading survey in Accra.Universitas, ii. 7781.
Kluckhohn, C. 1945. The Persona Document in Anthropological Science. Social Science Research Council. Bulletin No. 53, New York.
Ward, B. E. 1956. ‘Some observations on religious cults in Ashanti.’ Africa, xxvi. 4760.

Love, Marriage, and Social Change: Letters to the Advice Column of a West African Newspaper

  • Gustav Jahoda

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